Alumni Board of Directors

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Susan Baker
Susan Baker
B.A., History, 1983; M.A.E., Counseling, 2001
School Counselor, Johnston High School
Waukee, IA

Favorite UNI Memory: 
I worked in food service in the Towers and have made lifelong friends. I had the opportunity to teach in an international school, which I found the job through UNI’s Overseas Placement Fair.


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Willie Barney
B.A., Sociology/Teaching Certification, 1996; M.A.E., School Counseling, 2001; Doctorate of Educational Leadership, 2007
Executive Director of Supplemental Services, Waterloo Community Schools
Cedar Falls, IA

Favorite UNI Memory: Although I didn’t realize it at the time, the smaller classes and closeness of everything on campus was perfect.  I realized how huge this was for me  after lecturing in a class at Iowa.  I couldn’t have imagined being in a lecture hall with 400 kids and having my classes spread all over the place.  The class sizes at UNI allow you to make connections with your professors and students in your classes that I’m not sure are easily attained in larger environments.


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David Boyer
B.A., Business Administration, 1990
President, Boyer Petroleum Company
Cumming, IA
(515) 243-4450

What do you like most about UNI? I love coming back to campus and seeing everyone who loves being a Panther!


Drew Conrad
Drew Conrad
M.P.P., Public Policy, 1993
Economic Development/Senior Program Manager, Institute for Decision Making, University of Northern Iowa
Waterloo, IA

Favorite UNI Memory:  The people!  The students, faculty and staff cared and were proud to be at UNI!  They truly made it a unique place for me and my graduate education.


Grant Erwin
Grant Erwin
B.A., Criminology and Family Services, 2007
High School Math Teacher, Pritzker College Prep.
Chicago, IL
(319) 404-0254

Favorite UNI Memory:
 One of my favorite memories was starting up the Relay for Life event with a few friends and then seeing it grow over the years I was here.


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Daniel Fick
B.A., Biology, 1985
Physician, University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine
Coralville, IA
(319) 354-8298

Favorite UNI Memory: My wife and I were athletes for UNI in the 80's. I ran track and cross country and Deb was a swimmer. We have had the pleasure of watching our daughter and son compete for the Panthers on the track and cross country teams. We greatly enjoy yelling "Go Panthers!" at the meets.


Hunter Flesch
Hunter Flesch
B.A., Elementary and middle School Education, 2018
NISG Student Body President, 2016
Waukee, IA

Favorite UNI Memory: Being at the UNI vs. Texas game where Paul Jespersen hit the half-court shot to win the game!


Jerry Glazier
Jerry Glazier
B.A., Psychology, 1977
Former Telecom Executive - Consultant in Corporate/Community Relations and Human Resources
Kansas City, MO
(816) 210-0960

Favorite UNI Memory: The many life-long friends I have made and still to this day stay in regular contact with.


Virgil Goodrich
Virgil Goodrich
B.A., Mathematics and Physical Education, 1967; M.A., Education, 1974
Retired, Superintendent Aplington-Parkersburg Community School District
Parkersburg, IA
(319) 269-7442

Favorite UNI Memory: Meeting my wife in a class that she received a higher grade.


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Steven Jackson
M.B.A., Business Administration, 1996
HRIS Sr. Analyst, Centura Health
Littleton, CO

Favorite UNI Memory: 2010 Panther victory over top-seeded Kansas in the NCAA Tournament.



Nicole (Tremel) Juranek
B.A., English Education, 2000; M.A., Communication Education, 2004
Professor, Iowa Western Community College
Council Bluffs, IA

Favorite UNI Memory: Joining the UNI speech team was the most life-changing moment for me in college. Today, this is my career!


Scott Klinefelter
Scott Klinefelter
B.A., Business Marketing, 1976
Sales Representative, Iowa Department of Corrections
West Des Moines, IA
(515) 988-1496

Favorite UNI Memories: O.R. Latham, The Mud Bowl, the OP, late night discussions with fraternity brothers on events of the day, the April blizzard of 1973 where UNI closed for two days.


Jason Lau, Ph.D.
Jason Lau, Ph.D.
B.A., Leisure Services, 1999; M.A., Leisure, Youth & Human Services Administration, 2002
Executive Director of School of Extended and International Education, Sonoma State University
San Rafael, CA

Favorite UNI Memory: I had a great experience participating in the Camp Adventure Child & Youth Services program serving military families worldwide.


Bonnie (O'Neill) Malone
Bonnie (O'Neill) Malone
B.A., English, 1953, M.A. Counseling/Student Development from University of Iowa, 1978
Retired High School Counselor
Cedar Rapids, IA

Favorite UNI Memory:
 The Campanile and its legends, of course-and my major advisor and mentor Dr/ William B. Reninger. But life to me has always been about friendships and I treasure to this day the company of people I lived with, studied with, socialized in my years at Iowa State Teacher’s College. The fact that we are still connected (and conversant) is a joy.


Teresa Matson
Teresa Matson
B.A., 1976
Vice President/Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo
Minneapolis, MN

Favorite UNI Memory: 
My favorite memory about UNI is living in Campbell Hall all four years I was there. I still have life-long friends that I met by living in Campbell. I also had a great experience playing in the UNI Marching Band for four years as well.


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Anne (McDermott) Mendelke
B.A., Human, Resources, 2007
Scientific Review Committee Coordinator, Robert H Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
Chicago, IL

Favorite UNI Memory: I always loved the first days of classes. It was great to see old friends & Campus is the most beautiful in the fall.


Kevin Mote
Kevin Mote
B.A., Finance, 1987
VP Trust Officer/Property Manager, MidWestOne Bank
Mt. Vernon, IA
(319) 356-5963

Favorite UNI Memory:
 Love the fact that it is a hybrid school-smaller than U of I or ISU but similar to a Cornell or Coe College (smaller classes, small campus, etc.) Plus, it’s mostly Iowa kids who stay in Iowa.


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Kelly Neiber
B.A., Education: P.E./Coaching, 1985
Special Ed Teacher, West Mecklenburg High School
Charlotte, NC
(515) 250-7081

Favorite UNI Memory:
 So many great memories:
-Being a part of a group that hosted a haunted house in the attic of Lawther
-Paw Club member for wrestling
-Orienteering class and camp out


Shirley (Post) Pantini
Shirley (Post) Pantini
B.A., 1958
Retired Educator
Marion, IA
(319) 377-3724

Favorite UNI Memory: 
I enjoyed making lifelong friends – lots of time to talk without technology interfering.    I enjoyed working for Mrs. Frank in the Commons (making desserts) and also serving in the Faculty Dining Room.  The faculty was “approachable,” and I appreciated that.  Student government, especially AWS, played a large role in my ISTC experience as did the “themed” international conferences directed by Dr. George Poague.  (NOTE:  Not sure of the correct spelling of his last name.)  Student teaching at East High in Waterloo was definitely a highlight and influenced my thinking in many positive ways.


Connie Peters
Connie (Sander) Peters
B.A., Elementry Education, 1973; Library Media Certification, 1986
Retired Educator
Cedar Falls, IA
(319) 240-1160

Favorite UNI Memory: Being an Orchasis member from '69-'71.


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Beth (McKee) Primrose
B.A., Education, 1966
Retired Elementary Teacher, Cedar Falls Community Schools
Cedar Falls

Favorite UNI Memories: The Campanile and Prexy's Pond!


Allison (Cink) Rickels
Allison (Cink) Rickels
B.A., Public Relations, 2001
Executive Director/CEO, The FarmHouse Foundation
Kansas City, MO
(816) 507-0040

Favorite UNI memory: My favorite UNI memories all start with joining Alpha Phi sorority as a first-semester freshman. Alpha Phi was my launching pad to get involved at UNI, gave me the best friends I could have ever had in college, enabled me to be a leader, helped me meet so many terrific people, gave me a sense of belonging to something bigger than myself and truly made UNI feel like home. For example, as a first-semester freshman, I volunteered to help with a service project for an organization within my major and I was turned down – they said they had enough people. At the same time, I raised my hand to volunteer in a leadership role with my Alpha Phi chapter and I was elected. I was elated. Both were eye-opening and humbling, influential experiences for me. While I was told “no” by one group, I was given a chance by my sorority to get involved. Alpha Phi empowered me - gave me the confidence, opportunities and leadership skills I needed, and I never looked back. I caught the bug and volunteered as much as I could at UNI. In turn, when I graduated, I was a named a Lux Award Recipient, UNI’s highest honor given to 5 undergraduates each year for their service to the university and community. This honor is one I am most proud of, not because of what I did, but because of my Alpha Phi sisters. They afforded me this incredible honor – they inspired, challenged, empowered and believed in me, especially when I was that first-semester freshman raising my hand. Alpha Phi gave me a chance and thousands of unforgettable memories.


Christine Robovsky
Christine Robovsky
B.A., General Studies, 1998
Compensation Consultant, Deloite Consulting LLP
Chicago, IL

Favorite UNI Memory: 
During my time at UNI, I met some great people that have remained close friends to this day. I truly value the time I spent here and the education I received.


Ron Rubek
Ron Rubek
B.A., 1962
Retired
Ankeny, IA
(515) 965-8897

Favorite UNI Memory:
 So many that it would take a book to fill. The fact that it educates Iowa kids probably is the most I like about the college!


Jake Rudy
Jake Rudy
B.A., Political Science and Sociology, 2011
Academic Advisor, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Favorite UNI Memory? The visit by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. I was a member of the Summer Orientation Staff that summer, and we were asked to help staff the event, which drew people from across the country to Cedar Falls. The event was a sight to see, and his message of inclusion and humility really resonated with me. 

What do you like most about UNI? The people. The faculty and staff are first-rate, and truly care about their students as budding academics and emerging adults. UNI is an amazing place, and really brings the world to the doorstep of so many students from small town Iowa.  That formula is hard to re-create, and I think it is what makes UNI the best undergraduate experience in the state.


Megan L. Stull
Megan L. Stull
M.A.E., Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs, 2008
Assistant to the President, Clarke University
Dubuque, IA

Favorite UNI Memory:  I had an outstanding graduate education experience at UNI! I met amazing people and was fortunate to be part of a cohort who became close friends. Many of my best friends are those I met at UNI. I also had the opportunity to work with a lot of great UNI people through my practicum experiences in Admissions, Academic Advising, Athletic Advising  and Alumni Relations. I also loved that UNI was close to home – being able to attend UNI events with my parents was really special.


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Kai Takatsuka
B.A., Sociology, 2004
Academic and Career Coach, University of Minnesota- Twin Cities
Minneapolis, MN

Favorite UNI Memory: Being an Orientation Leader for the Summer of 2002!


Dustin Toale
Dustin Toale
B.A., Real Estate & Finance, 2016
Real Estate Broker, CONLON/ Christie's International Real Estate
Chicago, IL
(319) 327-0001

Over the course of my four years at UNI, I had the opportunity to represent the University as both TC and TK. While attending weddings, sporting events, meet-and-greets, and so much more, I saw the University from a very unique perspective. I will forever remember all the blood, sweat, and more sweat that went into my experiences and how I was able to do my part in giving back to UNI. #AwwTC


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Lindsay (Varcoe) Wagoner
B.A., Business Administration, 2004
Lawyer, Rockwell Collins, Inc.
Cedar Rapids, IA

Favorite UNI Memory: Watching the Panthers beat the Hawkeyes in any sport!


Roberta (Zehr) Yoder
Roberta (Zehr) Yoder
B.A., English, Teaching, 1971; M.A., Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development, 2013
Career Counselor and Coach, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Urbandale, IA
(515) 270-9113

Favorite UNI Memory: It was April, 1969--the spring semester of my sophomore year at UNI.  I'd never skipped a class in my first 3 semesters and had no plans to do so that 4th semester, either.  However, the new University Union was set to open and the day was beautiful and I took the plunge and skipped my afternoon class so I could sit out on top of the Union with some friends and bask in the sunshine of a warm spring day.  The sky didn't fall and I never cut another class the rest of my days at UNI.  In looking back at the official record of the opening, I read: President Maucker opened the new Union for use on April 7, 1969.  A Grand Opening Week began April 19, 1969.  The celebration featured a dedication ceremony on April 20, 1969, as well as dances, a billiards tournament, a style show, an ice cream social, folk singing, tours, an appearance by well-known writer Vance Packard, and an art exhibition.